Malibu Beach Recovery Center
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Malibu Beach Recovery Centers Treatment Program

Malibu Substance Abuse Treatment

At Malibu Beach Recovery Centers, each client benefits from a highly personalized recovery plan developed by our expert, multidisciplinary team of medical professionals. Our integrative approach combines evidence-based addiction treatment with complementary holistic therapies designed to heal mind, body, and spirit and encourage an overall healthy lifestyle, free of the influence of drugs and alcohol.


We’re committed to meeting each client’s individual needs with the most effective combination of medical and clinical care, experiential, and holistic therapies that include:

  • Medically supervised detox
  • Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
  • Ongoing medical and psychiatric monitoring
  • Individual therapy
  • Therapeutic and psychoeducational groups
  • RecoveryMind Training
  • Art, movement and equine therapy
  • Yoga and exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Wellness and healthy lifestyle skills

In addition, our gender-specific programs provide a safe environment to address any underlying, unresolved issues that may have contributed to addiction, such as pain, trauma, and abuse.

We offer a full continuum of care, from luxurious residential programs to outpatient services, enabling us to meet each client where they are on their path to recovery.


These Treatment Modules, when combined, provide an integrative and comprehensive approach to restore brain chemistry, rejuvenate the body’s reward system, and promote holistic healing from addiction. Each includes a series of elements.


Expert Clinical Team:

Clients meet weekly with the entire team of clinical, medical, and paraprofessional treatment providers to discuss treatment goals, progress towards treatment goals, recommended therapies, and discharge plan.

Safe & Effective Detox:

Our convenient Brentwood Detox Center has a dedicated location for added safety and privacy, with private rooms available upon request. Onsite nurses and medical staff provide 24-hour monitoring and medication management to ensure clients are as comfortable as possible.

Drug & Alcohol Education:

A psycho-educational group that helps clients understand how addiction hijacks the brain; resulting in cognitive, behavioral, and emotional changes, as well as effects on learning, memory, and motivation.

Medication-Assisted Treatment:

Medication-assisted treatment is available when appropriate, as determined by the clinical team based on each client’s patterns and history of being unsuccessful in maintaining sobriety. Easing withdrawal symptoms and cravings can help clients maintain focus on treatment and skill building until they can cope more effectively.

Discharge Planning:

Counselors assist clients to develop a post-discharge plan for housing, treatment, and recovery support systems. Individualized needs for the clients are determined and resources are located.


RecoveryMind Training:

A treatment curriculum built upon six critical domains in addiction recovery: addiction containment, basic recovery skills, emotional awareness and resilience, internal narrative, connectedness and spirituality, and relapse prevention. RecoveryMind treatment incorporates assignment groups, skills groups, process groups, and experiential groups into a four- week structured treatment curriculum with facilitator and client handbooks.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):

The DBT group, based on the work of Marsha Linehan, focuses on improving emotional-regulation skills, increasing distress-tolerance, and enhancing interpersonal effectiveness. DBT groups combine strategies of behavior therapy, mindfulness practices, and acceptance; while working within an overarching dialectical worldview that emphasize the synthesis of opposites.

Transformation & Breaking Barriers:

A therapeutic physical activity and intention-setting/processing group to increase endorphin and dopamine levels, enhance feelings of self-worth and self-efficacy, improve mental toughness, reduce depression and anxiety, and build resiliency.

Gender-Specific Process Groups:

This is an unstructured group session with a theme focused on addiction issues as they pertain specifically to men and women. Groups are divided by gender, giving clients an opportunity to process issues with same-gendered peers. Clients are given the opportunity to freely share struggles, concerns, and successes while receiving multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment.

Process Group:

Process groups are unstructured group sessions in which clients are encouraged to openly share any struggles, concerns, or successes. The therapist allows the group session to unfold naturally, while focusing on the interactions that come up between group members during the session. These group sessions allow clients to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment. The interpersonal interactions in the group setting promote deeper levels of self-awareness and interpersonal effectiveness.

Recovery Basics:

The recovery basics group focuses on teaching clients about 12-step recovery, using support groups to sustain recovery, and engaging clients in recovery reflections. This skills group helps clients develop daily agendas for their recovery plan, look at past dishonesties, and work on the 12 steps. Clients are able to take stock of how their addiction has shaped their lives, and differentiate themselves from their addiction disorder.

Big Book Study:

This counselor-led group session focuses on examining specific texts from the Big Book and processing how group members make meaning of the text and apply it in their own lives. Clients are encouraged to share multiple viewpoints and experiences, as well as learn from one another.

Community Reintegration:

A counselor-facilitated group that focuses on preparing clients for reintegration in the community following completion of residential treatment. The purpose of the group is to increase clients’ abilities to live and participate in community life in a meaningful way. Topics covered in this group include living skills, education, client rights, health care, housing, transportation, money management, social/recreational opportunities and development.

Relapse Prevention:

This group focuses on helping clients develop specific skills to prevent relapse, as well as develop a deeper understanding of their addiction. Core components of this group include identifying and managing triggers, identifying and managing cravings, and identifying interventions for relapse prevention.


Cooking Class:

MBRC chefs give cooking demonstrations to clients for the purpose of empowering clients to engage in healthy meal preparations outside of treatment. The chefs discuss nutritional value of food and equip clients with the skills to make meals on their own.

Expressive Art Therapy:

A therapeutic approach that integrates a wide range of art modalities for the purpose of personal awareness, growth, and healing. In this group session, art becomes a medium through which clients can explore and transform emotional, social, spiritual, and relational issues.

Movement Therapy:

Movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body. It is a form of expressive therapy that looks at the correlation between movement and emotion. Movement therapy can also be used as a meditation practice to quiet the mind, foster self-knowledge, and increase awareness. It is beneficial in alleviating emotional distress that is expressed through the body, and bringing about changes in attitude and emotions.

Music Therapy:

Music therapy uses music as a therapeutic tool to address personal goals. This creative approach to therapy includes a variety of experiences such as listening exercises, songwriting, improvisation, relaxation, meditation, and imagery. Participation may be active or receptive; and personal preferences, abilities, goals, and challenges are accommodated. In treating addiction, music therapy focuses on music’s ability to influence behavior, channel emotions into a healthy outlet, cope with change, reduce stress, and increase feelings of hope.

Rock To Recovery:

Founded by Wesley Geer of the rock band Korn, Rock to Recovery is led by a professional musician in recovery who leads clients in choosing an instrument, writing recovery-based lyrics and creating a song. Learn more about Rock to Recovery.

Animal-Assisted Therapy:

By interacting with animals, clients forge bonds, find new ways of connecting, gain insights into their behavior, and learn to trust. MBRC offers equine therapy and wolf therapy. Wolf therapy is offered through a partnership with a group that rescues and trains wolf-dogs, wolfs bred with dogs as pets and then abandoned or mistreated. Learn about our wolf therapy program.


Meditation, Mindfulness, & Body:

This group incorporates restorative yoga poses and gentle flowing movements synchronized with breath, mindfulness, and meditation to increase dopamine levels, enhance parasympathetic system, release muscle tension, and promote peaceful mind and relaxation. This is one of the great programs available during your life-giving Malibu substance abuse treatment experience. 

Therapeutic Breath Work:

The breath workout boosts profound oxygenation of the whole body and brain, creates a stable uplifting mood, prevents anxiety and depression, trains focus, increases energy levels, and detoxifies the body. Breathing exercises are taught and practiced in group sessions to equip clients with a healthy coping healing strategy outside of treatment.

Morning Inspiration:

In this morning group, clients set an intention for the day and a goal they wish to accomplish on their journey of sobriety. Clients commit to a specific recovery activity for the day, identify issues for which they wish to seek support, and identify a particular emotion to experience/avoid/explore/feel/talk about. The purpose of this group is goal-setting, enhancing motivation, and providing accountability.

Evening Reflection:

During this time, clients complete a reflection worksheet focused on emotional awareness, deception detection, craving recognition, healthy attachment, and 12- step review. The reflection worksheet is used during processing time without counselors and therapist to explore progress and barriers in the client’s recovery journey.

Community Meeting:

In this therapist/coordinator-facilitated group, clients are given a safe space to address communal issues affecting their recovery process and express wants/needs/concerns with treatment staff and peers. Core features of this group include group problem-solving, conflict-resolution, enhancing communication skills, and improving client-staff relationships.

Connecting with Spirituality:

This group focuses on developing and deepening meaningful connections with other sources and identifying, developing, and deepening a sense of meaning and purpose in life. This group time consists of process groups, group mindfulness, outings to spiritual centers, and connecting with nature.

A Comprehensive Daily Schedule

At all of our substance abuse treatment centers, our clients have a full daily schedule. All modalities are integrated into one comprehensive program. Clients learn how to respond to cravings responsibly and maintain long-term sobriety by incorporating nutritional, physical, and psychological principles into their lives. There is some down time; however, the program is designed to ensure that the optimal amount of time is spent providing addiction treatment.

Medically Supervised Detox

Detox can be the gateway to getting help and beginning recovery. Malibu Beach Recovery Centers offers medically monitored detox in a comfortable, home-like setting in the Brentwood area of West Los Angeles. We understand that every person has unique needs. Our detox program is based on an individualized approach, offering personalized attention that is compassionate, confidential and non-judgmental. Helping clients recover is our priority. We offer same-day placement and accept most PPO insurance.

Upon arrival, our skilled clinical team will conduct a detailed evaluation of each individual’s condition and substance abuse history. Medically supervised detox is recommended for clients who are at risk for severe withdrawal symptoms or acute biomedical complications stemming from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Because physical and psychiatric withdrawal symptoms can have serious medical implications, our professionals place a high priority on managing detox in an intensive inpatient setting.

During the detox process, our experienced onsite nursing staff offers 24/7 supervision, monitoring each client’s progress, dispensing medication as needed, and ensuring around-the-clock safety and security. A fully licensed acute care hospital is located nearby, if needed.

Our goal is to make detox as painless and comfortable as possible, with private rooms and nutritious, chef-prepared meals designed to eliminate toxins and rebalance brain chemistry.

The transition from addiction to a life of well-being and empowerment in recovery takes strength and courage. We offer support throughout the process, including a seamless transition to our residential or outpatient programs to help clients stay healthy after detox and sustain long-term recovery.

Malibu Beach Recovery Centers – Levels of Care

Residential Program

Residential Program

Our integrative, gender-specific residential program provides a lasting foundation for recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Clients receive the highest quality, evidence-based treatment in combination with holistic therapies in a relaxed, supportive setting.

Beautifully appointed, luxurious residences for men and women offer all the comforts of home, with stunning views of the Malibu coastal landscape. Our high staff-to-client ratio enables us to devote personalized attention to each participant in our program, helping them achieve and sustain recovery.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a supportive program bridging the gap between intensive residential treatment and healthy, independent living.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Program

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is for individuals 18 and over who are willing to commit to regular attendance and active participation.

Individuals in IOP can also participate in sober living where they can practice the healthy lifestyle learned during the residential phase and focus on integrating recovery into daily life.

For help, call 1 (844) 885-4487

If you or a loved one needs help, call our supportive specialists in confidence. They’ll address your concerns and guide you through the intake process. We can help you achieve sobriety now – and maintain it for life.

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